10 Best Bars and Watering Holes in the Lake Tahoe Area

If your idea of nightlife includes hitting a bar for drinks and socializing, then these 10Best Tahoe bars should be on your list. No matter what side of the lake you are staying on, there is a bar that will satisfy in quenching your thirst and maybe even a growling stomach. 

If you want a dive bar, check out Whiskey Dick's or Himmel Haus on the South Shore. The Himmel Haus is a German and Bavarian inspired bar that serves authentic German food as well as a huge selection of beer. If you want some local beers, check out the Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company in Tahoe City where you can also get lunch or dinner. The Lucky Beaver in Stateline is the ultimate sports bar on the lake and during every big game, it should be packed.

For something a little more upscale, check out the Brooks' Bar & Deck at the Edgewood Tahoe golf course. Another restaurant with a great bar and friendly bartenders is the Cottonwood in Truckee. The Eagle's Nest, located in the mountains above Tahoe serves excellent cocktails and dishes like Seared Ahi Tuna.

If you want to mix it up with the locals. The Genoa Bar in the small town of Genoa, NV has been in operation since 1853 and still has the original cobwebs...plus some colorful characters.



The Genoa Bar is a bit of a drive down Kingsbury Grade to the small town of Genoa, but it's worth it to visit the "Oldest Continually Operating Thirst Parlor" in the state of Nevada. This bar has been continuously on the bar route in this area...  Read More



This small cafe in Tahoe City is a mix of everything: sports bar meets lunch place meets gathering area meets live music venue. It is a beautiful, little place with comfy places to sit and plenty of parking. The decor is a mix of dark wood, nice...  Read More



Brooks' Bar & Deck at the Edgewood Tahoe golf resort near South Lake Tahoe is located right in front of the water and some of the best golfing in the area. The bar features an expansive deck, sweeping vaulted ceilings, walls of glass...  Read More



The Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company is located right in the heart of Tahoe City, near the Cobbleworks Mall and across the street from Commons Beach. This new brew pub has been created to features the craft beers from the brewery in Truckee,...  Read More



Moody's has become one of the best places for lunch, dinner and drinks in downtown Truckee. Their menu has been Zagat rated and they also offer a great selection of live music in their classic lounge.They are known for their season, organic and...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe


Whiskey Dick's the one of the original South Tahoe dive bars frequented by both tourists and locals. The saloon features live music on most weekends by alternative, rock, bluegrass and classic tunes. When the stage is not occupied, a jukebox is...  Read More



7800 Bar & Grill is the only family owned restaurant and bar in the Kirkwood area and it shows. The place is packed on winter ski weekends and at night�especially during one of their many special events which includes free live bands,...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe


Himmel Haus is a German restaurant and bierhaus featuring a wide variety of German and Belgian biers and wines with a simple menu of Bavarian-inspired food with a local California twist. The menu includes locally made and sustainably harvested...  Read More



The Cottonwood Restaurant and Bar in Truckee is located on a small hillside overlooking downtown Truckee, the Truckee River and the railroad that runs through town. This might be one of the reasons why this is such a popular night spot in both...  Read More

Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Gar Woods


Gar Woods on Tahoe's West Shore is best known for it's wonderful pier and wooden boats, but it also has a great menu and a fun bar. The floor to ceiling windows, large deck and balconies provide breath taking views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra...  Read More


Meet Christina Nellemann

Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors...  More About Christina